Ray’s Last Ride
Ray Lewis is the definition of a leader. He is an inspiration on and off the field. Listening to Ray Lewis speak is an experience. Super Bowl XLVII will be the last game of this legend and fans should take in every lasting moment because there will never be another Ray Lewis. The problem with the media hype going into the Super Bowl is that many love to bring up a person’s past. Instead of bringing someone down by insults and false accusations, we can all learn from Ray Lewis.
From the time that Ray Lewis announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season, the spotlight has been on him and the Ravens. With each game the attention grew. When that happens, no matter how much of an inspiration or how much Lewis has meant to the game of football, there are many people that want to see someone fail. People are now bringing up the fact that back in 2000; Ray Lewis was in the vicinity of a crime scene. Lewis pled guilty of obstruction of justice. Since that time, Lewis has become a Super Bowl Champion, Super Bowl MVP, and one of the Greatest Players in NFL History. Many try to question Lewis’s integrity by saying he was a murder. After the AFC Championship Game last week, Wes Welker’s wife Anna Burns Welker took to Facebook to take a shot at Ray Lewis. “Proud of my husband and the Pats. By the way, if anyone is bored, please go to Ray Lewis’ Wikipedia page. 6 kids 4 wives. Acquitted for murder. Paid a family off. Yay. What a hall of fame player! A true role model!” Comments like this give others reason to take shots at a person who has turned his life around.
It’s a shame that a player that acknowledges that he has made mistakes and has learned from them, still has people trying to question his character. If you’re going to bring up someone’s dark past, then let’s bring up everything. Let’s talk about the charitable duties of Ray Lewis. He started the Ray Lewis 52 Foundation which is a nonprofit corporation that aims to provide personal and economic assistance to disadvantaged youth.
We can all learn from Ray Lewis. America is supposed to be the land of second chances. We all are human and have made some mistakes in life. I have learned that you can take a terrible situation where you were at the wrong place at the wrong time, and turn that situation to improve your life and others.